Stability and support
Many consumers seek professional advice before purchasing running shoes to ensure they receive sound advice for new runners. The most important thing to remember is to buy shoes actually intended for running. Cross training shoes are fine for runners who do not intend to run long distances, but other types of shoes are not appropriate. This includes tennis shoes, skate shoes, and casual sneakers, as fallen arches, pulled muscles, stress fractures, and many other injuries can result from running in shoes that lack the proper stability and support for lengthy runs.
Asics is one of the most famous names in the running shoe industry. The GEL-Kayano 20 is a recent version produced by the popular brand. It is an extremely light shoe that incorporates the patented Asics FluidFit upper, a new technology that combines a multi-directional stretch mesh that adapts to perfectly fit the wearer's feet. The shoe has plenty of support and features a unique Heel Clutching System that provides improved support to runners who are heavy on their feet.
A trusted name in sportswear, Adidas makes a large range of popular running shoes. The Adidas Energy Boost 2.0 features an inventive boost technology designed to return energy to the feet with each bound. The same technology provides the runner with a very absorbent stride and soaks up the impact from the hard tarmac, no matter how fast the pace. The Energy Boost 2.0 also incorporates the trusted Adidas TORSION system, a staple of Adidas running shoes for decades. The technology helps the shoes flex correctly to support the midfoot, and it allows the toes and heels to move autonomously.
One of the latest incarnations of the popular Wave Rider shoe, the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 is the brand's flagship shoe and the one of the lightest variants available at only 7.8 ounces. The shoe features a distinctive blown rubber forefront area with tactile deep flex grooves on the sole to provide the runner with exceptional grip on almost any surface. The same technology also provides cushioning along with ample support for almost any runner. The shoe also features forefront sculpting for a smooth touchdown while running at speed and a U4ic midsole that is extremely resistant to wear and tear.
The New Balance 587 is particularly popular with heavier runners because it is a specially made motion control shoe suitable for those who require a large amount of support. The shoe features New Balance's patented ROLLBAR technology that provides superior motion control support to runners who roll their feet inwards excessively while running. It also sports an extremely durable solid rubber outsole and New Balance ABZORB cushioning for superb shock absorption on any surface.
A trusted brand that deals almost exclusively with running shoes, Saucony makes a large range of exceptional running shoes, and the Triumph ISO is another excellent addition to the brand's roster. Advertised as Saucony's most cushioned shoe, the Saucony Triumph ISO delivers a plush, cushioned running experience, thanks to a patented ISOFIT upper that morphs to the wearer's feet to provide additional comfort and allow the shoes to move in harmony with the feet. It also sports an extremely durable PWRGRID+ sole for enhanced impact protection.